Cabeça De Vaca, D'Alvar Nunez: Relation et Naufrages d'Alvar Nunez Cabeça de Vaca, Adelantade et Gouveneur du Rio de la Plata. [in]: Voyages, Relations et Memoires Originaux pour servir a I'histoire de la decouverte de L'Amerique, par H. Ternaux-Compans. Relation et Naufrages d'Alvar Nunez Cabeça de Vaca, Adelantade et Gouveneur du Rio de la Plata. (Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1837). First French Edition and also the first edition of this work following the original Spanish editions of 1542-1555. Octavo (9" x 5.5"). 301 pages. The first complete edition of Cabeça de Vaca following the 1555 edition, and the first French translation of his description of the earliest recorded journey by Europeans across North America, recounting adventures with the Narvaez expedition to Florida in 1527, his capture by and escape from Indians on the Mississippi coast, and his later overland journey across Texas before finally making his way back to Spanish controlled lands in Mexico.

    The original work was the first on Texas, and the first American travel account. A foundation work on Texas and the Southwest, in its first scholarly edition. Issued as the seventh volume of Henri Ternaux-Compans' Voyages, Relations et Memoires Originaux (1837-41). Original printed wrappers. Soiled and worn, with spine perishing and separating in places. Foxed and stained internally, but still a good copy. Housed in a cloth chemise and slipcase, with a leather lettering label on the spine. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Servies 2037. Graff 3053. Field 227. Basic Texas Books 24e. Not in Streeter.

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